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Get Involved: Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development

 

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation <info@civicus.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2016
Subject: Get Involved: Global Civil Society Platform on Sustainable Development
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,Hope you are having a good start to 2016! The New Year ushers in the implementation phase of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate commitments.Many of us worked hard to organise and mobilise around the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement but in many ways the hard work starts now. Civil society needs to be ready to play our part – as pioneers, as advocates, as implementers, as campaigners, as watchdogs – over the coming years to ensure the promises made in 2015 are achieved.

Over the past year we have engaged in a series of meetings on how civil society should organise and mobilise around the sustainable development agenda over the coming years. Thanks to the work of many, especially members of a Transitional Steering Group, the building blocks of a strong and inclusive global platform have been established to support and connect civil society’s activities on sustainable development at all levels (local, national, regional and global). The platform will enable and mobilise people to understand, engage, learn from each other and challenge decision-makers to be accountable for their sustainable development commitments. The core activities of the global platform include:

  • Implementation: Civil society is already convening at the national and regional level- join us to share your story;
  • Monitoring & Accountability: Civil society has begun to collect social, environmental and economic data to hold governments accountable for their 2015 commitments- join us to access tools and knowledge;
  • Policy Coordination: There are hundreds of commitments- join us to ensure they are compatible at all levels of governance; and
  • Public Mobilisation: While major agreements have been made, many people’s needs are not being addressed- join us to ensure all voices are heard.
This platform is open to all members of civil society and is currently being facilitated by four global networks – CAN InternationalCIVICUSGCAP and IFP, over the coming months. You can read our Action Plan and engage with us on this specific timetable of activities.To get involved in this platform we encourage you to join the online discussion or if you have an interest in shaping the core direction of the platform, sign up for one of the working groups. These working groups are open to everyone and will be used to make inclusive decisions about the development of the platform. The groups are as follows:
We look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead,

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Erradicate hunger: from goodwill to action

Posted: 18 Nov 2015

In any case eradicate hunger in this country is an ethical commitment, to “give” food bags helps, but does not solve; the only sustainable way is to boost the productive apparatus with agro-ecological peasant orientation, right in line with the challenges that climate change poses to the world.

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CIVICUS has published its Report on the State of Civil Society 2015Posted: 17 Nov 2015
Civil society is at the forefront of the collective response to various emergencies, but faces serious threats and also a funding crisis, according to a new report…

Climate policy needs a new visionPosted: 17 Nov 2015

To be truly effective, international climate policy needs a radical shift: it needs to encourage enterprises and ventures that grow local resources, use ecological design principles and meet local and regional needs…

In search of a new concept of developmentPosted: 17 Nov 2015

We have to overcome the current model of predatory development, destroyer of the living conditions of humanity. To do this, we need to build a new concept of development that allows people to live well, in harmony with nature and in collaboration with other human beings…

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IFP Newsletter Nº 9 – November 2015

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Call from civil society in Mali for citizen mobilization

Posted: 05 Nov 2015

Civil Society Organizations in Mali remain concerned about the internal political situation and the climate of extreme insecurity in the country for almost five long years now. This, despite the hopes raised by the various resolutions of the United Nations, the efforts of the State of Mali, the participation of African countries and the entire international community.

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Financing for Development Massive Open Online CoursePosted: 03 Nov 2015
Register now for the Financing for Development Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). As you know, 2015 is a critical year for development. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new global framework for development has been put in place for the next 15 years. Achieving this ambitious post-2015 agenda will need a different [...]..

EPAN: Second EU-Arab Civil Society Dialogue “Rebuilding Relations with European Southern Neighborhood Countries”Posted: 03 Nov 2015

This civil society dialogue is coorganised by CONCORD EPAN WG and the the Euromed Non Governmental Platform, the Arab NGO Network for Development, with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee. It aims to bring together civil society organizations from both shores of the Mediterranean to offer a space for an open dialogue [...]..

3rd National Conference of Mozambican Civil Society OrganizationsPosted: 03 Nov 2015

Title: “Civil Society and Development: Trends and challenges” The National Conference of Civil Society, is scheduled between 26 and 27 November 2015 in Maputo City with the participation of 80 delegates from all provinces. National representatives will be: Representatives of CSOs, religious leaders, personalities of recognized merit, academics and guests (governament entities and…..

On the Way to the COP-21 in ParisPosted: 03 Nov 2015

The 5th IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, released in 2014, has in fact seriously warned about the real risks for a global warming exceeding 2°C if adequate measures are not taken.

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Arab NGO Network for Development congratulates tunisia’s civil society and henceforth tunisia’s people for the Quartet’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: 29 Oct 2015

Thanks to the Quartet’s achievements, Tunisia managed to reach a constitution protecting freedoms and citizens’ basic rights and to organize fair and democratic elections.

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Spotlight 2015: The European Commission’s “better regulation package”Posted: 27 Oct 2015
This policy paper outlines CONCORD and FIDH recommendations to ensure that regulating better means prioritising human rights and the fight against poverty and inequality in decision-making…

World Teachers Day- Our Teachers: The past, present and futurePosted: 27 Oct 2015

It is recognized that teachers are not only a means to implementing education goals they are the keys to sustainability and national capacity in achieving learning and creating societies based on knowledge, values and ethics. They however continue to face challenges brought about by staff shortages, poor training and low status…

CODE-NGO: Government Regulation of CSOs Must be Appropriate, Proportionate and Not BurdensomePosted: 27 Oct 2015

CODE-NGO also stressed that the requirements and process of government for CSOs must be proportionate to the size and nature of the CSO and other relevant factors. “Having a ‘one size fits all’ guideline is a disadvantage to the smaller CSOs”, it stated.

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Time to act, Civil Society tell world leadersPosted: 27 Oct 2015
Global civil society have challenged world leaders to be more inclusive and engage with other sectors to effectively implement the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development…

Comprehensive and co-ordinated international response needed to tackle refugee crisisPosted: 27 Oct 2015

OECD countries are facing an unprecedented refugee crisis and the situation requires a comprehensive and co-ordinated international response to address the immediate needs of asylum seekers and the longer-term challenge of helping them integrate…

Central African Republic: It is necessary to have a different approach to the situation to better protect civilians and improve humanitarian aidPosted: 27 Oct 2015

In the CAR, armed groups are split up and proliferate, thus making access to humanitarian aid more complex. Humanitarian workers now find it it difficult to negotiate their acceptance on the field…

Sustainable development and young people

Posted: 21 Oct 2015

It is important to understand the central role development has played, and will continue to play in easing the impact of migration. We are now thinking about the bigger picture, and governments are investing in order to resolve crises both here and in the countries people are risking their lives to leave.

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Millions of children across conflict-hit Syria deprived of educationPosted: 15 Oct 2015

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, the crisis continues to wipe out years of achievements in education. Some children in Syria have never been inside a classroom, while others lost up to four years of their schooling…
45 countries discuss child nutrition in Cape VerdePosted: 15 Oct 2015

A country that imports more than 80 percent of the food consumed by its 500,000 inhabitants, Cape Verde has reduced its global malnutrition rates to 2.6 percent (the average for the region is 10 per cent) and severe malnutrition to 9.7 percent compared to the average of 37 percent in the region…
Historical context of NGOsPosted: 15 Oct 2015

The only way to separate the good from the bad NGOs is that the state knows its funding sources, the fate of their expenses and actual objectives pursued, which can not be against sustainability and strengthening the country.

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Sustainable Development Goals: A struggle of global society

Posted: 10 Nov 2015

Abong began in 2013 an activity geared towrads providing qualified information about the negotiations around the definition and composition of the SDGs in order to foster mobilization of CSOs to influence the position of the Brazilian government within the negotiations reflected the capacity build-up and positioning of its civil society.

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The Sustainable Development Goals: A chance to play fairer?

Posted: 06 Nov 2015

Europe needs to see both sides of the coin, both the money that can support sustainable development and those policies that might make or break it. Development has been redefined along these lines. But where is the political will to make policies fair?

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The Solution is Rights – Day 1 GFMD 2015

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Programme for CSO Consultations with the 2nd Committee

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYIFor the first time the Chair of the UNGA Second Committee invites Member States and ECOSOC NGOs to engage in “Informal Consultations with Civil Society on the agenda and work of the Second Committee”, taking place on Thursday, 22 October 2015, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, CR 2. NGOs are invited to join Member States to make comments from the floor following each of the two panel discussions.For more information, please see the attached programme. The proceedings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.

From: Nahleen Ahmed <ahmed36@un.org>
Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015
Subject: Re: Fwd: Programme for CSO Consultations with the 2nd Committee
 

       
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
The upcoming informal consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee will take place on 22 October 2015, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Conference Room 2, at the United Nations Headquarters. For more information, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/70/csocons22oct.pdf
 
This is a first consultation of its kind with the Second Committee, and a unique opportunity for civil society to share its distinctive perspective and concrete inputs to Member States’ deliberations on the Committee’s agenda and work in order to better respond to the challenges of implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
 
Please RSVP your attendance by indicating your participation here: http://bit.ly/1KevdCP
 
Please note that valid UN grounds passes will suffice to attend the consultations. No special passes are required for this event.

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2015 GFMD Civil Society Chair’s statement

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Refugee crisis: We must not forget where needs are greatest

Posted: 13 Oct 2015

Tackling a crisis of this magnitude is going to require the world coming together, to not only open borders to more Syrian families, but also to increase humanitarian funding to Syria and its neighbors and push for a political solution to the war.

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Poverty post-2015: New understandings and strategies

Posted: 09 Oct 2015

2015 marks the climax of the period of Millennium Development Goals and commencement of the new era of Sustainable Development Goals, both of which target massive global poverty reduction. Time is ripe for exploring new understandings of poverty and strategies of poverty alleviation. Two recent publications offer fresh perspectives in these areas.

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#WeApologise: CSO open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty

Posted: 05 Oct 2015

As Europeans, #WeApologise on behalf of our national and European leaders for their inexcusable lack of coordinated humanitarian aid to the situation you and thousands of others are in while crossing our borders to escape war, persecution and poverty.

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Guatemala: a spring in progressPosted: 29 Sep 2015
An agitated political atmosphere envelops Guatemalan society from April onwards, a kind of vortex, as not seen for several decades; the political system was pilloried by the public. The trigger was to find in a documented manner, what has been an open secret for decades: the corruption of the political class…

Bolivia: Minister rules out closure of 38 NGOs considered as “irregular”Posted: 29 Sep 2015

The head of autonomy and decentralization noted that while, expiration is a technical definition that makes the processing period expire, the Ministry will contribute to entities that are in that situation to supplement their applications until completion…

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Intervention during the High Level Civil Society Event

Dear CPG4SD,

Sharing with you the transcript of the Intervention of Eni Lestari in the High-level Civil Society Event (Implementing the post-2015 agenda – building political leadership for transformative change) during the UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 development agenda.

Eni Lestari – UN CSO High Level Event

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Countdown to the 2015 GFMD Civil Society Days

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Common Space and Government Days 14-16 October 2015

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Refugee crisis: on the ground with Doctors of the WorldPosted: 09 Oct 2015
We spoke to Gareth Walker, international programme manager at Doctors of the World UK, about the challenges refugees are facing in Greece, France and the UK, and some of the work his organisation is doing to improve the situation for the increasing number of people in need…

Uganda: Social accountability in practice; citizen participation and monitoring keyPosted: 09 Oct 2015

Introducing social accountability and its tenets, Mr. Richard Ssewakiryanga, ED UNNGOF noted that social accountability is a continuous process, and can only be effective when there is continuous engagement between citizens and the state.

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Apply to speak at the Informal Consultations with NGOs on the agenda and work of the Second Committee – 22 October 2015

Dear CPG4SD,

The Chairperson of the 70th General Assembly Second Committee and Permanent Representative to Slovenia to the United Nations is convening an informal consultations with NGO in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the 2nd Committee on October 22, from 10am to 1pm at the UN HQ.

Submit applications to speak here.

For more detailed information, please see email below.

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Forwarding a message from the DESA NGO Branch

Application Deadline: 13 October 2015

His Excellency Mr. Andrej Logar, Chairperson of the 70th General Assembly Second Committee and Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, is convening informal consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Conference Room 2, at the United Nations Headquarters.

This innovative step in the Second Committee represents a unique opportunity for civil society to share its distinctive perspective and concrete inputs to Member States’ deliberations on the Committee’s agenda and work in order to better respond to the challenges of implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

This nomination process seeks candidates as speakers to address either of the following questions:

1. How can the Second Committee ensure that its work is in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

2. How should the agenda of the Second Committee look like in the coming years?

All candidates must be representatives of non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and authorized to speak on behalf of their organization. Due to the technical nature of the discussions, all candidates should be familiar with the discussions regarding the Post-2015 process, as well as the work of the Second Committee, in order to provide substantive inputs into the discussion.

Submit applications to speak here.

For more information about the informal consultations, please refer to the concept note attached.

You can also provide brief and concrete written contributions, which will be posted on CSONet.

Submit written contributions to: ngobranch@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting written contributions is 19 October 2015. 

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World Association of NGOs (WANGO) NGO News September 2015

 

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Register your initiative in support of the SDGs The UN’s Partnerships for SDGs online platform invites NGOs to register initiatives that support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and their targets. Go>>> UN adopts Sustainable Development Goals On September 25, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which comprises 17 goals and 169 targets to eliminate poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. Go>>> PaperSeed Foundation Educational Grants The PaperSeed Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening opportunities for children and young people in underserved communities around the world, welcomes community-based NGOs in select countries to apply for its educational grants. For more information and to apply, visit: http://goo.gl/3JOXum Go>>>
UN agencies, NGOs ordered out of Ukraine’s separatist region of Luhansk Separatist leaders in Luhansk, Ukraine have ordered UN agencies and international NGOs providing humanitarian assistance to leave the area, putting lives at risk and preventing the most vulnerable from accessing basic services. Go>>> Cooperation among developing countries key to achieving new goals, says UN chiefCooperation among developing countries across a spectrum ranging from trade to technology transfers “will play a key role in the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the SDGs,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a high-level event on South-South Cooperation on September 26. Go>>> Financial Management Essentials: Handbook for NGOs In this free e-book offered by WANGO member, Mango, an NGO focused on strengthening the financial management and accountability of NGOs around the world, learn the essentials of financial management. Chapters include designing a finance system, planning and budgeting, and understanding accounts. To download the e-book, visit: http://goo.gl/1vusYW Go>>>

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Global pressure on civil society “untenable”

Posted: 28 Sep 2015

Six out of seven people live in countries where their civic freedoms are under threat, while the organisations that work to defend them are being squeezed by a funding crisis, political pressure and other harassment, according to a new report.

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NGOs must evolve, realign, and reinvent

Posted: 22 Sep 2015

n the past 15 years, U.S. NGOs have made significant contributions to advancing the lives of millions of people by delivering emergency aid in conflict zones, stemming hunger, and strengthening civic participation.

..The Sustainable Development Goals: Goals for the Pacific?

Posted: 22 Sep 2015

The current draft list of SDGs does a poor job of differentiating end goals (or outcomes) from means; outcomes such as ending poverty and hunger sitting alongside SDGs focused on infrastructure, industrialisation and access to modern energy (i.e., means to ends, rather than ends in themselves). The MDGs did better in this respect (with the exception of MDG 8)…

Eat once a day in a house in Africa: Food security or insecurity?

Posted: 22 Sep 2015

Central Africa offers the pale face of the subregions of the continent, where the proportion of households who eat once a day is one of the highest. Tha paradox is that eating properly according to the rules and food safety standards required remains a mystery. That is why all indicators are mostly about acute and chronic malnutrition…
UN population projections: implications for international development

Posted: 16 Sep 2015

World population reached 7.3 billion in July 2015, 2 billion more than 1990, the baseline year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A further 83 million are projected to be added to the world’s population next year. Most of these will be born in low and middle income countries…

Mesa de Articulación: Public statement on situation of NGOs in Bolivia

Posted: 16 Sep 2015

The promotion of citizen participation in a society must be based on principles that guarantee tolerance of different positions, but they do not coincide with positions of the governments in power…

UNICEF supports children that are fleeing violence and are in transit in Europe

Posted: 16 Sep 2015

UNICEF has created a space for children with a mobile unit near the town of Geveglija on the border with Greece in order to provide support to women and children who are going through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia…

The push for a woman to lead the UN

Posted: 16 Sep 2015

The United Nations has had eight secretaries general. All have been men. Each has been selected through back-room dealing dominated by the five world powers that hold permanent seats on the Security Council…

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Recognising the unique needs of indigenous people

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Indigenous communities across the world collectively have significantly poorer health compared to the majority of the population..
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Nigeria: Young people today and tomorrowPosted: 28 Aug 2015
Nigeria‘s population is estimated at over 150 million people which the youth constitutes 70 percent of its population yet the government keep making empty political promises to the Nigeria growing youths without fulfillment…

Forum “Environmental, social and economic impacts of mining in Honduras”Posted: 28 Aug 2015

The Forum aims to raise awareness of the impacts on the environment, health and the economy of mining in Honduras as well as to showcase community initiatives to address this challenge…

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Respond to the result of the 3rd UN Conference on Financing for Development

Posted: 26 Aug 2015

The strengthening role of civil society does not mean that challenge of the sustainability of civil society is reduced. AAAA document does not guarantee sustainability of civil society both in terms of financing and in terms of legal protection as being promised to the private sector. It will still be the challenges ahead that need to be solved together, especially by civil society.

The gavel comes down: assessing the SDG negotiations

Posted: 26 Aug 2015

The success of the agenda will be judged not on what is declared in 2015, but on what is delivered by 2030. World leaders now need to attend the SDG summit in September ready to adopt the agenda in full and to set out a clear plan of action for delivering these new goals.

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Girish Bucktowarsing: “We are sowing the seeds for the development of a civic society”

Posted: 25 Aug 2015

He is serving his second term as head of the Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS). The organization celebrates this year its 50th anniversary. The opportunity for the president to talk about celebrations and activities taking place as part of the anniversary, but especially the new direction he tries to give the MACOSS for two years.

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5 things needed to turn the SDGs into reality

Posted: 19 Aug 2015

The clock to SDG attainment will start ticking Jan. 1, 2016. Here are five things that will be important to ensure the much-debated goals and targets — and the overarching vision of a new future for everyone — actually start to be implemented.

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Mozambique: X Conference of the Institute for Peacebuilding of portuguese-speaking African countriesPosted: 19 Aug 2015
The session was attended by over 70 participants from five provinces, including religious leaders, leaders of CSOs, academics, politicians, students, municipal authorities and government structures…

CEEAC: The structuring of Civil Society in the agendaPosted: 18 Aug 2015

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Dr. Louvouezo first made an inventory of the civil society in the subregion, which states that civil society has been the basis of popular demand, contributed to the peaceful elections for conflict resolution and established a new culture in decision-making on community development…

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Update: Invitation So Now What webinars (English, Spanish and French)

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So Now What webinars will take place in Spanish, French and two in English to accommodate colleagues in Asia and North America. To register and for more information click on the links below.
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Over the past few months, many of us have been engaged in conversations about how we as civil society can build on the collaboration and momentum that have been created around the post-2015 agenda. We are confident that by coming together as global civil society, we can keep the momentum going for full implementation, follow-up and accountability of the post-2015 agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and continue to build and strengthen the political commitment for the SDGs at all levels. This webinar is a part of a series of meetings and aims to bring members of civil society together to take these conversations forward.

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If you are unable to join the webinar but would like to stay up to date on civil society’s involvement in post-2015 implementation, sign this form or join our interactive website. If you have any questions please contact: Hanna Hansson at hanna.hansson@civicus.org or Mwangi Waituru at Mwangi.Waituru@vsoint.org

 

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 World Association of NGOs (WANGO) NGO News August 2015

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[NGO News:] Special Accreditation for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs now open for the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. More information can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit
General registration to attend the Summit is not yet open. In the interim, the United Nations offers the opportunity for organizations that are not already accredited to the UN through one of the three categories below to apply for Special Accreditation to the Post-2015 Summit. PLEASE NOTE: Confirmation of special accreditation does not mean that you will be able to attend the Summit. More information on the opportunity to attend the Summit will be available soon.
If your Organization falls under any of the following three categories, then you do not need to apply for special accreditation:
     • Organizations with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council;
     • Organizations on the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) Roster; and
     • Organizations accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
Otherwise, please visit the following page for further instructions on applying for Special Accreditation: http://bit.ly/1QOvwxI
Please note that the deadline for completing the questionnaire for accreditation is 5:00 PM EST on Friday, 7 August 2015.

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IFP Newsletter Nº 8 – August 2015

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Sustainable Development Objectives with no predictable resources

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

But the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, resulting from FpD3 process didn`t set, as expected, ant mechanisms to reduce inequalities within the asymmetric relations of financial power and is far from committing additional sources to finance the SDGs…

Enabling environment in Bolivia: Threats within democratic societies are unnecessary

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

Bolivia joined the global current, in which governments ensure its economic growth by exploiting natural resources without considering its harmful consequences for indigenous peoples…

Peoples’ participation in implementation, follow up and review of post-2015 Development Agenda: An african perspective

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

However, without a strong political commitment for implementation, follow-up and review, and participatory involvement of people and their organizations, there is a high risk that the outcomes from these processes could just end up in papers…

Third Conference on Financing for Development: who pays the bill for the poorest countries?

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

Part of the calendar of negotiations on the post2015 Agenda of the United Nations, the Third Conference on Financing for Development has been marked by obstacles and lack of commitment by developed countries to finance global development…

How NGO Federation of Nepal contributed in post-disaster management

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

CSOs in Nepal want to continue collaborative journeys to revive the damages and materialize reconstruction dream…

Fast forward: the changing role of UK-based INGOs

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

The International Forum of National Platforms is pleased to present BOND’s last report and recognises the importance of developing such activities as part of essential NGO’s capacity building…
The Southern Africa Civil Society Forum

Posted: 12 Aug 2015

The Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (CSF) will be hosted on the 11th-14th August 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana. The CSF is a platform for civil society to dialogue and reflect on issues affecting the regional community, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), and the constituencies, organisations and movements of civil society at regional and national [...]..

Conference “India, a world power in the twenty-first century”

Posted: 11 Aug 2015

The New Zealand India Research Institute invites you to a conference: “India a world power in the twenty-first century”. Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Higher Education, skills and employment, will officially open the conference at 10:30 on 25 August. Professor Subrata Mitra, of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, [...]..

Convergences 2015 World Forum

Posted: 11 Aug 2015

For its 8th edition, Convergence will bring together representatives of civil society, government, private sector professionals, development experts and social entrepreneur to exchange and discuss around a common goal: Zero exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero poverty. We invite you to join the 200 partner organizations and 7000 participants in September  and participate in the convergence of [...]..

Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Posted: 11 Aug 2015

The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, [...]..

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Statement of CONGAD, the Senegalese NGO platform

Posted: 28 Jul 2015

In agreeing to act as implementing body of a program fully funded by the Senegal, the UNDP’s position is not in accordance with what we expect from it.

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Morocco: 3rd Regional meeting of associations of the eastern region

Posted: 17 Jul 2015

With a view to structure the regional associations’ cluster in the Eastern Region, Espace Associatif organized in partnership with the Social Development Agency, the third regional meeting attended by 60 associations and networks associations under the theme: “Objectives of development and effectiveness of approaches”…

Colombia will host the International Civil Society Week in 2016

Posted: 16 Jul 2015

The International Civil Society Week (ICSW 2016, for its acronym in English) is a key global gathering for civil society, donors, academics and other stakeholders, to participate constructively in the search for common solutions to global challenges…

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World Bank Group pledge statement at the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction 2015Posted: 08 Jul 2015

The World Bank Group plans to provide up to half-a-billion dollars to finance the reconstruction of Nepal, of which $300 million is new funding from the International Development Association’s Crisis Response Window…
REPONGAC participates in the workshop “Media, elections and development in Central Africa”Posted: 08 Jul 2015

The REPONGAC represented by its regional coordinator Robert Mabala, presented the subtopic “Elections in Central Africa: current status, challenges and prospects”…

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Global Forum 2015: shaping Civic SpacePosted: 02 Jul 2015

Every half-decade, the International Center for Not-for-Profit (ICNL) convenes its Global Forum, a one-of-a-kind platform bringing together leading thinkers with the aim of assessing where civil society stands – and how to make it stand taller…
Is Uganda ready for the Sustainable Development Goals?Posted: 01 Jul 2015

Uganda registered below the average performance in the closing MDGs and continues to find challenges with regard global commitments to require the country to prioritize certain sectors such as health and education in the national budget…
Global Humanitarian Assistance Report launchedPosted: 01 Jul 2015

The report looks at the role of national financing as well as wider resource flows to the most crisis-affected, fragile and environmentally vulnerable countries.
EU-CELAC Summit: CONCORD’s Laura Sullivan addresses leadersPosted: 24 Jun 2015

For decades, people have admired the social model of Europe. Ironically however, that social model is now being divorced and Europe is getting remarried – to deregulation and austerity. We talk of progress on poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean, but still deeply seated unequal power structures continue to concentrate wealth in the hands of a few…
Philippines, Pacific Island nations sign a ‘Climate Justice declaration’ to hold big polluters accountablePosted: 24 Jun 2015

The President of Vanuatu joined climate-impacted communities from Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji and the Solomon Islands as well as representatives from the Philippines vowing to seek ‘Climate Justice’ and hold big fossil fuel entities accountable for fuelling global climate change…
Politics and civil society: SPONG in favour of a rebalancing of power after the transitionPosted: 24 Jun 2015

Yongo Nignan, PCA, first addressed national current affairs, marked by the popular uprising and the implementation of the transition. He also stressed the “historic” role played by organizations of civil society in upholding the rule of law and democracy.
InterAction explores G7 Summit policy outcomes

Posted: 23 Jun 2015

InterAction has composed a brief review of key policy outcomes related to ongoing challenges facing our world’s poorest and most vulnerable people…
Platform makes recommendations for the development sectorPosted: 22 Jun 2015

The Portuguese Platform of Development NGOs decided to contribute to the debate and reflection on the future of the country and presented -along with various parties- a set of recommendations related to development cooperation, Education for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Emergency…
Zero draft details SDG priorities for post-2015Posted: 22 Jun 2015

The prominence given to inequality is very welcome. The “enormous disparities of opportunity, wealth and power” are highlighted, with pledges that “nobody will be left behind”. The draft goals include tackling gender inequality and addressing inequality within and between nations…

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The Indonesian goverment urged to reform RI’s taxation to maximize development funding

Posted: 16 Jun 2015

Indonesia ranks seventh among countries most negatively affected by the flight of funds to tax havens, with a proportion of about 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014.

 

 

European Parliament voted in favor of a conflict-free technologyPosted: 10 Jun 2015
Together with the FEC, the FGS met with the Jesuit organization that promotes this initiative, the Spanish NGO Alboan, which brings to Portugal the campaign “What does your cell phone hide?”, which has already been signed by more than 10,500 people in favor of a conflict-free technology…

Bolivia’s Civil Society Organizations articulate and promote joint actionsPosted: 10 Jun 2015

The workshop managed to establish an inclusive and open dialogue between participants and generated conscience among the networks and organizations present regarding their effectiveness as development actors as well as innovative actors for change and social transformation…

 

‘Boat people’ crisis a test for ASEAN’s humanitarian resolvePosted: 03 Jun 2015

Southeast Asia is gripped by a looming humanitarian crisis as boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis escaping poverty at home face sickness and starvation at sea…
EU leaders could drop aid commitment to poor countries for first timePosted: 03 Jun 2015

The EU, along with other rich countries, committed to spend 0.7% of GNI on Official Development Assistance (ODA) at a UN General Assembly in 1970. This pledge was renewed in 2005, when EU Member States committed to reach the target by this year…

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Consultation on draft chinese law to regulate foreign NGOs

Posted: 02 Jun 2015

The law requires “foreign NGOs” to register a representative office in order to carry out activities in China or obtain approval to carry out activities on a temporary basis. At the moment the law lacks clear definitions and powers are not precisely specified.

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BOND launches guide on evaluation methods

Posted: 29 May 2015

The guide aims to empower commissioners of evaluations to make more informed choices about appropriate evaluation methods.

 

MACOSS relaunches the African peer review mechanism

Posted: 29 May 2015

This mechanism is an evaluation program for good governance policies the members of the African Union (AU), in 2003, in the context of the New Partnership for African Development in Africa (NEPAD).

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Constitutional reforms in Morocco: the case of citizens’ initiatives

Posted: 27 May 2015

Three years after the promulgation of the july 2011 constitution, the principles of participatory democracy and citizens’ initiatives expressed in numerous articles of the Constitution, are still awaiting their implementation.

 

Why 2015 is key for sustainable development

Posted: 20 May 2015

In the upcoming months, decision-makers and leaders will have unprecedented opportunities to establish, within a multi-lateral framework, a transformational agenda for the future of sustainable development. In a context of global paradigm shifts, the concurrence of three key global summits will define the route and aspirations of this agenda for the coming decades.

 

TTF Brazil: Economic democracy and the multilateral policy

Posted: 20 May 2015

A stocktaking exercise on what has transpired in the realm of international relations, regarding civil society interaction with governments and multilateral organizations.

 

Influenced the 60th commemoration of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta

Posted: 20 May 2015

This influence has got a good respond from the Government of Indonesia. It can be indicated by attending head of Steering Committee of 60th year of Asia Africa Conference in the Asia Africa Peoples Conference, and its declaration was cited by President in his speech that inequality is real.

 

Conference of the Parts of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2015 (COP21/CMP11)

Posted: 19 May 2015

France will host and preside the 21st Conference of the Parts to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2015 (COP21/CMP11), also known as «París 2015» from the 30th november to the 11 december. It should constitute an essential step, given that its outcome should be a new international agreement on climate applicable to every [...]

 

International Conference on Financing for Development

Posted: 19 May 2015

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development will gather high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities. The Conference will result in an intergovernmentally…

 

United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Posted: 19 May 2015

The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. Revised Proposed themes for the interactive dialogues Ending poverty and hunger Tackling poverty in all its dimensions; addressing malnutrition and [...]

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The finnish NGO task force’s position paper on post-2015 agenda

Argentina: advances in a specific tariff arrangement for social organizations

Multi-purpose nutrition indicators: Measuring progress of comprehensive Post 2015 development agenda

 

The finnish NGO task force’s position paper on post-2015 agenda

Posted: 13 May 2015

This document is a contribution of the Finnish NGO Task Force to the on-going discussion on a post-2015 framework for sustainable development. It is meant to be read as a commentary to the report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN Open Working Group (A/68/970). This document highlights three overarching principles: Universality, Sustainability [...]
Argentina: advances in a specific tariff arrangement for social organizations

Posted: 13 May 2015

The initiative has 29 articles where it establishes differential treatment for this kind of organizations that do not pursue any lucrative activities. The tariffs involved in the arrangement are the ones that these organizations have to allocate to drinkable water, sanitation, electricity, gas and basic telephony.

Multi-purpose nutrition indicators: Measuring progress of comprehensive Post 2015 development agenda

Posted: 13 May 2015

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are meant to be a comprehensive and universal framework for improving development and eradicating hunger and poverty – in all of its forms. Its current draft is favorably ambitious. However, there is wide concern among implementing multi-laterals, NGOs, and member states about the capacity to achieve the goals given the large number of targets and a…

 

 

14th International Human Rights Colloquium

Posted: 05 May 2015

Registration is now open for the 14th International Human Rights Colloquium, a conference that since 2001 has brought together human rights activists and defenders from the Global South in São Paulo. The event will take place from May 24-29. This year, considering the intensified use of protests as a strategy for voicing social demands in various [...]

FCRA Renewal through FCRA Clinics

Posted: 04 May 2015

A joint initiative of FMSF, CPA Services, VANI, Credibility Alliance and CAP Where: RANCHI When:  7TH MAY, 2015 9 A.M to 5 P.M Venue The CHANAKYA BNR HOTEL STATION ROAD OVERVIEW & OBJECTIVE The FCRA law amended in 2010 and implemented with effect from 1st May 2011 brought in a major change  in  the  area  of  registration  .It  has  been  one  of  the  major  challenges  for …

Appeal of NGO Federation of Nepal for support to the earthquake-stricken people

Posted: 04 May 2015

In this critical situation, we appeal our well wishers to contribute in the Disaster Relief Fund so that we could manage for small support to the quake-stricken people who have lost their relatives, have been displaced and going through painful situation.

Report from the african regional workshop on Protecting Civic Space

Posted: 04 May 2015

The workshop included 48 participants, including 19 african civil society representatives from 14 countries in East, West, Central and Southern Africa and 9 representing international organizations and donor agencies.

World Social Forum 2015: positive points and ambiguities

Posted: 04 May 2015

On March 28th the city of Tunis of 2015 said goodbye to the 10th edition of the World Social Forum (WSF). The capital of Tunisia became, together with Porto Alegre (city of the southern region of Brazil), another large WSF identity territory, since it has hosted the global edition of the event more than once. This 2015 WSF edition, whose theme was “Dignity, Rights,” took place under unexpected…

The final stretch for an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals

Posted: 05 May 2015

Since January 2015, the process of defining a post-2015 development agenda translated into monthly Intergovernmental Negotiations Sessions (IGNs) taking place in New York at the UN headquarters until July. The aim of those sessions until now has been to take stock and bring output to the future agenda in order to achieve a truly transformative, overreaching and universal post-2015 agenda through…

Building Civil Society Movements: Strategic Nonviolent Activism And Advocacy

Posted: 05 May 2015

Event Description: Explore ways to build non-violent social change movements at the international, national, and community level. Build community. Transform relationships. Promote peace. Discover how nonviolence, activism, and advocacy can be used effectively in community organizing and building civil society movements. Building Civil Society Movements: Strategic Nonviolent Activism and…

IFP’s regional members met in Tunisia in order to work on civil society’s structuring

Posted: 05 May 2015

Alongside the IFP General Assembly and the World Social Forum in Tunisia, two IFP associate members, the regional NGO networks from Western Africa (REPAOC) and Central Africa (REPONGAC) organized two regional meetings related to the civil society’s governance and structuring.

The IFP: Actor in the worlds-system

Posted: 03 May 2015

Tunisia: an inspiration country of the Arab Spring. It was the natural frame for the IFP 2nd General Assembly and for the World Social Forum- for its 2015 edition. We, men and women, coming from five continents representing 36 national platforms, 6 regional networks IFP members as well as 9 observers, constituted our IFP 2ndAssembly quorum in 2015.


European NGOs urge end to fortress europe approach to migration

Posted: 29 Apr 2015

CONCORD, Europe’s leading confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, is appalled by yet another series of needless tragedies in which boats carrying migrants have sunk in the Mediterranean sea. In Saturday’s incident off the Libyan coast an estimated 900 people may have died.

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Aid from EU countries to developing countries fais its historic commitment

Posted: 27 Apr 2015

European governments haven’t reached their historic promises regarding aid for developing countries for 2015, with aid levels diminishing comparatively to past years, according to new data published by the OCDE.

 

More than 3,600 deaths after devastating earthquake in Nepal: the IFP expresses its solidarity to the Nepalese people

Posted: 27 Apr 2015

Last 25th April, a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake, with the epicentre in Lamjung District (north-west of Kathmandu) hit Nepal. Followed by several important aftershocks and causing great disasters. According to the Nepalese police at least 3,617 people have been reported dead and more than 6,500 people have been injured. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed, including the historic and…

 

ASEAN Civil Society Conference – ASEAN People’s Forum 2015

Posted: 20 Apr 2015

Thematic session on how to mainstream a just, democratic, and accountable governance as well as human rights in both the UN-led Post 2015 Development Agenda process and ASEAN with a focus on three countries in ASEAN – Cambodia, Indonesia, and Philippines. The Session is jointly organized by the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), [...]

 

Why China should support building peaceful and inclusive societies in the post-2015 development agenda

Posted: 16 Apr 2015

There is an emerging consensus to incorporate ‘building peaceful and inclusive societies’ as a self-standing goal in the post-2015 development agenda, to be agreed upon by the United Nations General Assembly in September this year. The inclusion of this new goal is important for China and offers opportunities to further strengthen China’s contribution to constructive international relations, both…

 

Terrorist attack in Kenya: the IFP expresses its solidarity to the kenyan people

Posted: 15 Apr 2015

The platform and regional coalitions members of the IFP express their solidarity to the kenyan people and to the victims’ relatives and firmly condemn the terrorists attack killing 147 people at the Garissa University College.

Next president and post-2015 development agenda

Posted: 14 Apr 2015

FOR nearly 15 years, nigerians watched their government at the federal, state and local government levels as it makes efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Set in 2000, the MDGs are globally accepted development frameworks aimed at achieving eight important goals, the first of which is the reduction of poverty by half by 2015.

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WSF 2015 in Tunisia: The role of global civil society in the post-2015 development agenda

Posted: 16 Apr 2015

This debate table was held on wednesday (25), in Casa Brasil, the space for the brazilian delegation at the Forum.

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  Training-workshop resource management for NGOs and related organizations

Posted: 13 Apr 2015

The Course-workshop aims to: – Introduce international cooperation instruments and national public and private as well as changes in the dynamics of it in recent years. – Provide search tools cooperation resources both public and private and application to them. – Develop strategic resource management guidelines for funding organizations in the short and medium term. [...]

IFP General Assembly chooses France, Canada and Cape Verde as possible venues for its Secretariat

Posted: 24 Mar 2015

In addition to selecting the next country that will host the Secretariat, the agenda included the adoption of the Forum’s strategy for the next two years and the establishment of membership dues for the National Platforms.

Seminar in Bahia prepares discussions that will be brought to the WSF 2015

 

IFP General Assembly chooses France, Canada and Cape Verde as possible venues for its Secretariat Posted: 24 Mar 2015

In addition to selecting the next country that will host the Secretariat, the agenda included the adoption of the Forum’s strategy for the next two years and the establishment of membership dues for the National Platforms. ..

Posted: 14 Mar 2015

Unity and solidarity were keywords in the Seminar ‘On our way to Tunisia’, that took place in the public library in Bahia, in Salvador. The objective of the seminar was to discuss the current role of the World Social Forum and the participation if the Brazilian social movement in its next edition, that will take place in Tunisia, from March 24th to 28th. 

On the road for Tunis

Posted: 06 Feb 2015

But 2015 is also going to be a decisive year for the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP). The network will hold its second General Assembly in March alongside the World Social Forum (WSF) where several important decisions will be made, influencing the internal functioning of our organization but also our strategic orientations.

Action/2015: Campaign for a better future for Seychelles

Posted: 05 Feb 2015   According to new research, almost a billion extra people face a life of extreme poverty if leaders key decisions on poverty, inequality and climate change due to be taken at two crucial summits in New York and Paris later this year, with billions more continuing to face a life of hardship.

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  Campaign: “Human rights, more rights. And more human” Posted: 09 Mar 2015

Communication campaign of the Bureau of Coordination of National Associations and Regional Networks of NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean informs, with real cases of Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, how civil society organizations has contributed to the strengthening of democracy in their countries.

Human Rights Watch: Human Rights had slight improvement in Latin America Posted: 04 Mar 2015

Despite encouraging news, as the high expectations generated by the announcement of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, or progress in the peace negotiations in Colombia, Latin America in 2014 didn’t recorded major improvements in their many problems related with human rights. ..
Unity and solidarity were keywords in the Seminar ‘On our way to Tunisia’, that took place in the public library in Bahia, in Salvador. The objective of the seminar was to discuss the current role of the World Social Forum and the participation if the Brazilian social movement in its next edition, that will take place in Tunisia, from March 24th to 28th.

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Action/2015: Campaign for a better future for Seychelles Posted: 05 Feb 2015

According to new research, almost a billion extra people face a life of extreme poverty if leaders key decisions on poverty, inequality and climate change due to be taken at two crucial summits in New York and Paris later this year, with billions more continuing to face a life of hardship.

What does the future hold? Finance Workshop Posted: 04 Feb 2015 21 February 12:00am – 14 March 12:00am Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch A one-stop tailored solution to update the International Aid and Development Sector Next year will see the introduction of the Government’s new Reporting Standards. Do you know how they might affect your organisation? Is your finance manager familiar with the implications for your overseas [...] Civil Society Forum Celac – European Union 2015 Posted: 04 Feb 2015 In advance of the second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC for its acronym in Spanish) and the European Union (EU) to be held in June 2015, civil society from both continents will meet in Brussels on March 19th and 20th. The CELAC-EU Forum [...] Best Practices Workshop II – Regional Project / Mesa de Articulación Posted: 04 Feb 2015 The second workshop on ‘Best Practices and Lessons Learned’ will be held under the Regional Project “Mesa de Articulación and its Southern allies increase their capacity for advocacy and dialogue with governments and the private sector”, implemented by Mesa de Articulación and funded by the European Commission. The project aims to help strengthen peer Southern [...] World Social Forum – Tunisia 2015 Posted: 04 Feb 2015 The WSF 2015 will take place between March 24th and 28th in Tunisia, bringing together a diversity of civil society organizations from around the world. Tunisia 2015 will have an “extended” format to allow greater participation of individuals and organizations from all over the world. The World Social Forum is a space for democratic debate [...] IFP General Assembly Posted: 04 Feb 2015 The General Assembly of the International Forum of National NGOs Platforms (IFP) will be held on March 23rd and 24th in Tunisia, and is deemed to be a defining gathering moment for social movements and civil society organizations worldwide. The meeting will include the election of the 15 members of the International Council of the Uruguay: Statements by NGOs on the reform of the penal code Posted: 03 Feb 2015 A group of associations of civil society, including ANONG, made a statement with harsh criticism of the reform of the Penal Code which was to be passed recently at the House of Representatives. After several discussions and negotiations, the House has postponed that vote to February 2015, in order to make amendments to the bill. Defining a Post-2015 Agenda Posted: 03 Feb 2015 As the Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, unprecedented dialogue between the UN, civil society, and a wide range of other interested actors culminated in UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s synthesis report, “The Road to Dignity by 2030.” The UN report will contribute to the intergovernmental negotiations to define a post-2015 agenda in September 2015 Indonesian reflections on civil society in China Posted: 22 Jan 2015 A distinctive feature that sets Indonesia apart from China is the political system. Since 1998 Indonesia has installed a democratic government directly elected by the people. The government also allows the freedom of association and expression. Civil society has the freedom to criticize flawed public policies. China however seems to show a different story. NGOs tell Juncker and Mogherini European Year for Development 2015 is not just about aid Posted: 22 Jan 2015 CONCORD Director Seamus Jeffreson spoke alongside the EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini amongst other high level speakers at the opening conference of the European Year for Development 2015 held in Riga, Latvia Statement about Boko Haram killings in Nigeria Posted: 26 Jan 2015

We hope that the efforts from the Nigerian government and its people to address the scourge of terrorism, with support from its neighbors and the international community, have a lasting effect and will be able to provide peace and security to the people of Nigeria.

 

How to register and participate in the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis?

Posted: 23 Jan 2015

Tunisia 2015 will have an “extended” format to allow the broadest participation of people and organizations in the World Social Forum (WSF) process from wherever they are on the planet. Registration is now open for the session to be held from the 24th to the 28th of March in this North African country.

Extreme poverty is on the way out  Posted: 07 Jan 2015

Research by Dóchas found that more than half of the people in Ireland do not think that Africa is any better off than it was 20 years ago – despite massive evidence of huge economic growth on the continent. Similar research in the USA found that a whopping 67 percent of U.S. citizens thought that extreme poverty increased over the last three decades, when in fact the portion of the world’s… ..
The Permanent Secretariat of NGOs (SPONG), is working to mobilize technical and financial partners around its strategic plan 2014-2018, to influence development policy with a view to a just, fair and democratic society.

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“I think that we will solve (the problem of) climate change when governments are willing to change the model of extractive development that predates Mother Earth, that damages the territories. Therefore, we, the Organic Conamaq (National Council of Ayllus and Markas of Qullasuyu), say that Mother Earth cannot be traded; water cannot be sold, water is life. Gold and all the minerals we use, do not… ..

COP-20 and the indigenous peoples of Brazil

COP-20 and the indigenous peoples of Brazil Posted: 15 Dec 2014

“Elites, corporations and governments refuse to assume their responsibilities and obligations to overcome the climate crisis.” The statement was made by the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) in an analysis of COP 20.

Coordination SUD: “Family farming should be brought to the center of the negotiations” Posted: 15 Dec 2014

French NGO platform launches document containing recommendations to COP-20. ..

Francophone african CSOs unite for more access to vaccines Posted: 15 Dec 2014 11:04 AM PST

In advance of the 25th Francophonie Summit, civil society organizations launched the Platform of Francophone Africa Civil Society Organizations for Strengthening Health Systems and Vaccination, with the crucial task of improving the access to health and vaccines in Francophone Africa.

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The FIP joins Coordination SUD, the French NGO platform for international solidarity to express its full support to employees and friends of the victims of the events in Paris. We were all deeply affected by the attack and related events of for the murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists, the police officer and the Hypercacher clients that occurred from January 7 to 9.

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The president of the NGO national platform of Argentina -Red Encuentro-, Alberto Croce, spoke on 4 December before the Development Assistance Committee (ODA) of the OECD in Paris, representing Latin America and the Caribbean.
Posted: 23 Dec 2014
Organized by CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizen Participation), the International Week of Civil Society 2014 was held between 19 and 25 November in Johannesburg, under the theme “Citizen Action, People Power”. This event was attended by nearly 500 representatives of civil society organizations in over 100 countries.

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URGENT: Call for civil society responses to the UN Secretary-​General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 developmen​t agenda

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Subject: Call for civil society responses to the UN              Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015              development agenda
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014
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NGO statement on Resilience and DRR for OWG7

Dear all,

Just went over the statement and I would like to think that the moment has come for the humanitarian NGOs that function so well when a serious disaster occurs, to start switching to a lower mode of operation by focusing on the ordinary and not just on the extra-ordinary. Let us face it – there will always be an outpouring of feelings when a major disaster occurs, but there might be much lesser misery if we had decreased the vulnerability of the weaker segments of society ahead of the disaster.

From your material which is all inclusive – I suggest picking:

·      Focus on reducing the impact of disasters on lives and livelihoods and protecting productive assets like livestock - BEFORE THE DISASTER OCCURS as your main line of the goal for Sustainability.

So the emphasis switches to:

States need to invest in disaster risk reduction – we need a shift from damage control to investment in sustainability.  DRR measures are proven to be both highly effective – as demonstrated by India’s management of Cyclone Phailin last October – and cost effective. The focus needs to shift however from large scale infrequent disasters to the small scale disasters that account for most losses.
So what does this mean for the SDGs?

The framework must clearly recognise the role that shocks and stresses play in undermining development, particularly for the vulnerable, and seek concretely to reduce this.  This requires:

-        A clear commitment to a development model that fully incorporates both short and long term environmental and social costs.    
-        Incorporation of resilience building and risk management across relevant goals – for example, requiring states to increase food security for all during and after disasters; providing access for all to resilient education and healthcare infrastructure.
-        And a specific target to reduce disaster risk.
 

This as in:

What might a target look like?

·      Focus on reducing the impact of disasters on lives and livelihoods and protecting productive assets like livestock - BEFORE THE DISASTER OCCURS.
So – this becomes not just education but investments that see their reward in future decreased losses. In the light of this – why not call on the insurance industry to be your main support?
With best wishes,
Pincas Jawetz
a very old hand when it comes to Sustainable Development.

On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 , Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com> wrote:
TO RIO+20 NGO MAJOR GROUP — FYI – DRAFT NGO STATEMENT ON DRR AND RESILIENCE FOR COMMENT AND ENDORSEMENT

We encourage all NGOs interested in DRR and resilience to join forces by joining the thematic cluster on disaster risk reduction athttp://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1565.

From: Debbie Hillier <DHillier@oxfam.org.uk>
Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2014
Subject: Re: NGO statement on Resilience and DRR for OWG7
To: Kate Munro <kate.munro@globalnetwork-dr.org>
Cc: Helen Stawski <Helen.Stawski@irworldwide.org

>, Jeff Huffines <jeffery.huffines@civicus.org>, Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>, Katherine Nightingale <KNightingale@christian-aid.org>, marcus oxley <marcus.oxley@globalnetwork-dr.org>, Naiara Costa <ncosta@wspa-international.org>, sandy schilen <sandy.schilen@groots.org>
Dear all
Please find attached a draft NGO statement on DRR and resilience, that has been put together by several organisations – the Global Network on Disaster Reduction, Huairou Commission, WSPA, Islamic Relief, Christian Aid and Oxfam.
We are hoping to get this agreed by as many interested NGOs as possible.  This will be submitted in written form, and we are also hoping that we may be able to present this to the Open Working Group itself on Friday 10th Jan.
In terms of the process on this
- please feed comments back to Kate Munro and Debbie Hillier by end of the day Wednesdaykate.munro@globalnetwork-dr.orgdhillier@oxfam.org.uk,
- these will then be amalgamated on Thursday.
- the draft may also be adapted on Friday, to reflect the discussions in the OWG session – for example, in terms of whether some state interventions have been off the mark, or to reflect issues that have been omitted in the debate.
If you are not able/interested to comment on this, but would like to collaborate with other NGOs around resilience and DRR, then do please also get in touch.
There may be other opportunities to work together over the week, and in the coming months, to influence the post-2015 development framework.
Best wishes

Kate and Debbie

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The right to food in the UN agenda and the role of the IFP Posted: 10 Dec 2014

The growing influence of the “private sector” is obvious at the United Nations, including FAO; this implies an increasingly intense mobilization of social organizations, which has evident obstacles. However, that is where the creativity of Citizen Diplomacy must flow.
Tuna fisheries management and other natural resource conservation initiatives will benefit from a partnership between the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations and WWF-Pacific.

—————————————————————————————————- Aidwatch report: EU will miss historic aid pledge in 2015 Posted: 04 Dec 2014

Despite growing humanitarian and development challenges, such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, EU aid is off track to meet the 0.7% aid target in 2015 with a funding gap of €41billion.
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Public statement by the Colombian Confederation of NGOs Posted: 05 Dec 2014

We also urge the national government to conduct a participatory analysis of the rights and legal and fiscal realities of the sector (avoiding linking us with solidarity economy organizations), thus guaranteeing a bill that will help its strengthening, as it was duly stipulated in the National Development Plan.

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Civil Society Organizations actively participating in the discussion on the implementation of the access rights in Latin America and the Caribbean Posted: 26 Nov 2014

Representatives of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean meet in Chile for the Fourth Meeting of Focal Points of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. ..
However, a key element is missing for this post-2015 development agenda to become more than a treaty of good intentions and to prevent economic interests from speaking louder than the human dignity and the vital need to preserve the planet: the binding nature of the agenda. ..
DRC carefully examining the situation in Burkina Posted: 26 Nov 2014

The situation in Burkina Faso is carefully scrutinized in the DRC, where the debate on possible constitutional reform rages. Officials of the Kinshasa Central Prison confiscated all TVs that were in the prison cells to prevent inmates from following the developments in Ouagadougou. ..
Representatives from government and CSOs meet, discuss on Open Government Partnership (OGP) Posted: 26 Nov 2014

Open Government Partnership is an important indicator of support from the government and civil society around the world. OGP’s overriding objective is to make sure that real change is happening on the ground in a majority of OGP countries and that this change is benefiting citizens.
Posted: 26 Nov 2014

However, a key element is missing for this post-2015 development agenda to become more than a treaty of good intentions and to prevent economic interests from speaking louder than the human dignity and the vital need to preserve the planet: the binding nature of the agenda. ..
DRC carefully examining the situation in Burkina Posted: 26 Nov 2014

The situation in Burkina Faso is carefully scrutinized in the DRC, where the debate on possible constitutional reform rages. Officials of the Kinshasa Central Prison confiscated all TVs that were in the prison cells to prevent inmates from following the developments in Ouagadougou. ..
Representatives from government and CSOs meet, discuss on Open Government Partnership (OGP) Posted: 26 Nov 2014

Open Government Partnership is an important indicator of support from the government and civil society around the world. OGP’s overriding objective is to make sure that real change is happening on the ground in a majority of OGP countries and that this change is benefiting citizens.

—————————— UN: Water central to global peace and development Posted: 27 Nov 2014

The most basic of all human rights – water – is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the Deputy Secretary-General told participants today the World Water Summit held in London.

National platforms are crucial for strong EU advocacy Posted: 27 Nov 2014

The European Year for Development in 2015 will be a key opportunity to continue this kind of interaction, collaboration and relationship building between CSO networks that share common values and objectives.

Climate Summit 2014: When climate becomes a social issue Posted: 10 Nov 2014 By organizing the Climate Summit in New York, the UN Secretary-General’s motivation was to create a positive international dynamic involving a wide array of players one year prior to the Paris meeting, and thus avoid repeating the failure of Copenhagen in 2009. Civil Society agenda focuses on Post-2015 at the 65th Conference of UN NGOs Posted: 10 Nov 2014 The Conference resulted in an “action agenda” around the central issues of eradicating poverty, sustainability, human rights and climate justice. Mobilizing for our future: An interview with Action/2015 Posted: 10 Nov 2014 This coming January, the action/2015 campaign will be launched to mobilize the global community in calling for the adoption of an ambitious sustainable development agenda and climate agreement in 2015. European Citizens Summit: Decolonise the neo-liberal capitalist imaginary we live in Posted: 10 Nov 2014 The population in Europe is somehow divided nowadays, there is an increasing euro-scepticism and loss of hope on the European project there. But we still can see a vast number of people who believe in democratic, rights-oriented and value-based Europe, too. The United Nations General Assembly and the Post-2015 agenda Posted: 10 Nov 2014 The recent 69th General Assembly of the United Nations -in September 2014-, sought to establish an agenda for dialogue and debate on development by organizing events and summits on climate change, indigenous peoples, development financing, as well as on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda itself, among other areas. Human Rights and the Post-2015 Agenda: Challenges and Prospects Posted: 10 Nov 2014 There is a consensus on the existence of mutual reinforcement between human rights and development. Over the past decade the development praxis has paid considerable political and operational attention to human rights issues. Despite this rise in the prominence of human rights, there is as yet persistent uncertainty on the precise relationship between the two [...]

————————————————————————————————- REPAOC contribution to capacity building of Civil Society Organizations in Guinea-Bissau Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Soliciting the expertise of the REPAOC members allowed Guinea Bissau CSOs to evenly appropriate the various complex stages of participatory governance Cambodia: Youth NGOs discuss Post-2015 development agenda and the role of youths Posted: 29 Oct 2014 Around 70 youth representatives from different countries in Asia met and discussed today on the topic of “Look Forward: Post-2015 Development Agenda and Role of Youths” at KSSA/ICF Center, Phnom Penh   ————————————————————————————————-   Aid transparency: France is far from meeting its G-8 commitments Posted: 23 Oct 2014 Despite the presidential commitments on the transparency of aid made at the G8 in June 2013, France is struggling to publish its data on official development assistance (ODA) to the international standard. Latin America is committed to eradicating poverty and promoting equality Posted: 23 Oct 2014 During the Tenth Forum of Ministers of Social Development that concluded today in Quito, Latin America committed to eradicating poverty and strengthening public policies aimed at achieving greater equality in the region. Civil society organizations in Mexico as actors in the public interest Posted: 22 Oct 2014 The trajectory of a group of civil organizations in our country towards their recognition as social-political and public interest stakeholders has followed a long, complex and uneven route, which has been largely determined or influenced by the national and international political context.    Chile: public statement by the Citizens Committee on Climate Change Posted: 22 Oct 2014 Following the announcements made by President Michelle Bachelet on September 23rd as part of her participation in the UN Climate Summit convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the Citizens Committee on Climate Change states that:    Ong Ngo (IFP) – EN Through the call of civil society, a human tide rises against any idea of partition of Mali Posted: 19 Oct 2014 Civil society organizations did not beat around the bush this Thursday, 25 September 2014 to reject any hint of division of Mali. There were more than sixty thousand people pounding the pavement in Bamako with a single slogan: Mali is one and undividable.   World Bank chief says ebola outbreak shows harm of inequality Posted: 20 Oct 2014 Fighting the Ebola epidemic means confronting the issue of inequality, as people in poor countries have less access to knowledge and infrastructure for treating the sick and containing the deadly virus, the head of the World Bank said. ————————————————————————————————- Ong Ngo (IFP) – EN Cambodia at a crossroads: New laws would limit freedoms Posted: 10 Oct 2014 Set against a background of endemic corruption, unsustainably low wages and impoverishing confiscations of land, Cambodia is considering a series of laws that will severely restrict human rights and the activities of civil society organisations working on these issues, according to a team of international experts visiting the country.  

Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference Posted: 09 Oct 2014 The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will bring approx. 200 civil society representatives to Copenhagen with the objective of taking stock of the Post-2015 agenda and the global goals for sustainable development. The conference is an important opportunity for jointly discussing the outcome of the 69th session of the UNGA, influensing the final UNSG Synthesis Report on the [...] Global Perspectives 2014 Posted: 09 Oct 2014 Global Perspectives is the annual meeting of the top leaders of civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the globe. It provides a platform to discuss the most pressing challenges, opportunities and trends affecting civil society globally together with high-level representatives from social movements, politics, the corporate sector and academia. The year 2015 with its crucial multilateral… IACHR calls upon member States of the OAS to guarantee fully and effectively the human rights of indigenous peoples Posted: 09 Oct 2014 The jurisprudence of the Inter-American system of human rights emphasizes that the protection of the right to property of indigenous peoples to their ancestral lands is a matter of particular importance. Brazil: Plebiscite reaches 7.52 million votes in favor of constitutional reform Posted: 09 Oct 2014 This figure represents the support of 97% of 7.7 million voters. The result will be delivered to the three branches of government in October, during a great event in Brasilia ————————————————————————————————-   Civil Society Statement from the Asia Regional Civil Society Experience   Summit Posted: 06 Oct 2014 Summit participants acknowledged civil society’s important roles to   promote democracy through inclusive and participatory advocacy for all;   monitor and evaluate governments’ performance and hold them accountable;   provide services to local populations; and educate the public on policies,   laws, and rights.   President Obama announces new civil society initiative Posted: 07 Oct 2014 President Barack Obama announced a new presidential initiative today to promote the growth of civil society around the world at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual gathering in New York. ————————————————————————————————   Strengthening the post-2015 agenda: Voices of experience from the front line Posted: 30 Sep 2014 Civil society organisations challenge UN representatives and Member States to be more ambitious in defining a transformative post-2015 agenda. ————————————————————————————————-  ‘Thunderclap’ for Beyond 2015 at the UN General Assembly   Posted: 22 Sep 2014 On September 24 at 9am New York time, just before the start of the UN General Debate, this Thunderclap of support from around the world on social media will reinforce the messages Beyond 2015 representatives will be sharing with governments in countries around the world and at the UN General Assembly.   ACCIÓN creates space for dialogue on civil society facing the international agenda Posted: 24 Sep 2014 The new Thematic Committee on Citizen Diplomacy was opened by the Chilean Association of NGOs – ACCIÓN and the Senate Thematic Committees, in collaboration with the Diplomatic Academy, with a forum where civil society outlined its role regarding global processes, such as the Post 2015 Agenda and the regional integration agenda. Seminar on SDGs highlights importance of social participation Posted: 23 Sep 2014 Debate sponsored by organizations addresses civil society’s dispute for a broad and democratic participation in the negotiations of the SDGs. Prohibition of 136 newspapers in DR Congo Posted: 09 Sep 2014 The Executive Committee of OLPA, whose primary mission is to defend and promote the right to inform and be informed, has carefully considered these two ministerial decrees that are of a clearly illegal nature, and would like to raise the following observations. ————————————————————————————————-    Barbados NGO’s ROK Roosevelt O. King Secretary General Barbados Association of Non Governmental Organisations #10 Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados, Caribbean Tel: 246-571-3535; 246-822-7707; 246-253-5815 e-mail: admin@bango.org.bb Portal: http://www.ngo.bb Information Centre <http://bangoonline.igloocommunities.com/> https://bangoonline.igloocommunities.com/ ————————————————————————————————

Posted: 16 Sep 2014

  • The group seeks for Chile to assume leadership in the fight against climate change and its central focus is political action to bring the Chilean government to make more ambitious commitments on this issue, on the eve of the Climate Summit to be held in September and the COP20 in December.

Brazil: Movements and authorities discuss social participation Posted: 16 Sep 2014 Minister assesses that entities require a Social Participation Policy to strengthen their performance in the construction of public policies. The challenges raised by the First UNASUR Forum on Citizen Participation Posted: 12 Sep 2014 The next steps are that, within three months from the constitution of the new pro tempore presidency of UNASUR, member countries should have formed their national chapters of the Forum for Citizen Participation. And these, assisted by a focal point in their respective foreign ministries. Meeting between representatives of the civil society of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries Posted: 12 Sep 2014 The second part of the exchange will take place in Brazil in various regions of the state of Bahia, and aims to provide reflection and debate between the participating civil society networks on the current mechanisms for cooperation between civil society and their respective governments in promoting food sovereignty and security and nutrition, in particular for populations in situations of… ————————————————————————————————- Prohibition of 136 newspapers in DR Congo Posted: 09 Sep 2014

The Executive Committee of OLPA, whose primary mission is to defend and promote the right to inform and be informed, has carefully considered these two ministerial decrees that are of a clearly illegal nature, and would like to raise the following observations.

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NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) organized a Multi-stakeholder National Workshop on Post 2015 Development Framework in Kathmandu on 14 August 2014. The main objective of the workshop was to share outcome of different thematic discussions on proposed post 2015 Development Goals and collect feedback from various stakeholders and prepare common agenda from entire civil society on the Post 2015 agenda…

————————————————————————————————- UNASUR: Social organizations question the meaning and impact of South American integration Posted: 03 Sep 2014 What is UNASUR? What is the importance of IIRSA for establishing UNASUR? What interests does the Council for Infrastructure and Planning COSIPLAN, dependent from UNASUR, respond to? Does it take into account the rights of peoples and communities where its projects are implemented? What is the role of transnational corporations and international finance capital in UNASUR projects? Do Bolivia and… Uruguay: Legal framework for NGOs is “fragmented and incomplete” Posted: 03 Sep 2014 Uruguay does not have an adequate legal framework that comprehensively regulates civil society organizations, according to the “National Study on the legal frameworks for civil society organizations in Uruguay”, performed by attorney Javier Palummo for the National Association of Nongovernmental Organizations (ANONG). ————————————————————————————————-

  African Social Forum Posted: 01 Sep 2014 MAIN ISSUES: Crises, wars and conflicts in Africa Military interventions and resource governance: What is the response of African social movements? “Without Civil Society Organizations the process of UNASUR is not complete” Posted: 01 Sep 2014 At the national level, each country must form a Citizen Participation Chapter in the framework of its UNASUR-related institutions. Central Africa has its regional action plan on the integrated management of water resources Posted: 01 Sep 2014 For the Network of NGO Platforms for Central Africa, water is a vital resource for both rich and poor alike. Well managed, it can contribute to poverty reduction in many ways. The poor, in particular in rural areas and in some city slums, can hardly access clean water and sanitation services.  ————————————————————————————————-

Mining in Peru: Deepening of the extractive model

 In recent decades, Latin America and Peru in particular, have witnessed the rapid growth of extractive industries, particularly mining. In Peru, mining concessions grew from 7% in 2005 to 22% of the national territory in June 2014 ————————————————————————————————– UN: Asia-Pacific developing countries see “subdued” growth for third straight year Posted: 21 Aug 2014 Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific are experiencing yet another year of subdued economic growth, marking the third successive year of growth below 6 per cent, according to the annual flagship publication of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples Posted: 21 Aug 2014 (Español) Este año el Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Mundo llega en un momento crucial en que el mundo está empeñado en alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, forjar una nueva visión para el desarrollo sostenible y preparar las bases para la adopción de un nuevo acuerdo jurídico sobre el clima, todo ello para 2015 Public statement by the UN System in Uruguay on the draft constitutional reform to lower the age of criminal responsibility Posted: 20 Aug 2014

The United Nations System in Uruguay expresses its concern about the proposed constitutional amendment on lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 16 years, which is to be submitted to plebiscite on October 26th. Any changes to the national legislation allowing the prosecution of teenagers under 18 as adults would constitute a violation of the commitments made by the Uruguayan State under…
International Civil Society Week 2014 Posted: 19 Aug 2014 International Civil Society Week 2014 will be held from 19 to 25 November 2014. The event, organized by CIVICUS in Johannesburg, South Africa, will feature more than 20 meetings organized by CSOs from around the world, addressing the theme “Citizen Action, People Power”. The CIVICUS World Assembly will also take place at that time. You [...] Habitat Seminar, Access to Land and Financing Posted: 19 Aug 2014 A space for participation and scientific-technological and local habitat management exchange to revalue social-housing production from the perspective of the various sectors involved; recognizing alternative experiences of access to land and financing; strengthening the role of the state in instruments to promote access to decent housing; and contributing to the production of inputs for public

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UN – NGLS: CSOs invited to submit proposals by 17 August to SIDA and USAID for civil society innovation program

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COP-20 Group sends letter to Ollanta Humala

Posted: 30 Jul 2014 Through an open letter addressed to President Ollanta Humala, member organizations and institutions of the Peru COP 20 Group expressed concern about the contradictory position that the Peruvian government has adopted in the COP 20 preparatory negotiations process; particularly the President’s recent statements during the Fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, where he stressed the… Progress on MDG targets not good enough Posted: 30 Jul 2014 While South-East Asia and the island countries in the Pacific show progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, their records still fall short in a number of targets aimed at improving the lives of millions of people in the regions, according to the UN’s new 2014 MDGs report Civil society in a democracy in transformation Posted: 01 Aug 2014 The world has experienced major paradigm shifts in these first decades of the 21st century. The interactivity afforded by the internet and social networking has transformed the way people interact with information. In economics, the hard shocks of 2008 provoked questions about capitalism, with fierce debates about ways to redesign the system. But perhaps it is about democracy that we are… National Consultation on Post 2015 Development Agenda: Bringing the voice of the people and struggles to international negotiations Posted: 05 Aug 2014 The 3rd National Civil Society Consultation was held yesterday, organized by UNITAS Network. The event contributed to national and global debate from the standpoint of social organizations, issuing approaches and messages to be taken into account in the future global development agenda. This Post 2015 agenda will be the path that will determine the social and economic way to development for both… In defense of democracy: the right to protest Posted: 05 Aug 2014 We are observing a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the military coup. We recall this period in which the condition for “progress” was the suppression of freedom, imprisonment, torture, and silence imposed on the Brazilian people. As a result of the dictatorship, the police acquired certain habits, as if it had more power than before, and often acted as if it were endowed with immunity UN experts: Indigenous peoples can’t be ‘deleted’ from Development Goals Posted: 06 Aug 2014 The new United Nations sustainable development goals must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples according to a group of UN experts* on indigenous peoples. Their call comes after a meeting held by the open-ended Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals in New York to draft a set of goals which will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September. Grassroots Participatory Budgeting in the Philippines: A new level of transparent and accountable governance Posted: 08 Aug 2014 We, the participants of the National Conference on Participatory and Decentralized Governance, have gathered the lessons and challenges faced by civil society organizations (CSOs) in engaging the government and other stakeholder partners through CSO-led local poverty reduction and development agendas. Human Development Report 2014: “Providing basic social security to poor people around the world would cost less than 2% of global GDP” Posted: 08 Aug 2014 2200 million people are in poverty or near poverty, the 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience warned. The report calls for universal provision of basic social services and stronger social protection policies and promotion of full employment, to promote and consolidate progress made in human development ————————————————————————————————-

Letter from Ms. Amina Mohammed to Major Groups and other Stakeholde​rs

Subject: [GCAP Globalcouncil] [Coalitions] Letter from Ms. Amina Mohammed to Major Groups and other Stakeholders To: coalitions@whiteband.org

Dear All,

Please see the attached letter of Amina Mohammed on the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals addressed to civil society organisations.
Amina Mohammed is the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
Best wishes,
Ingo Ritz Director of Programmes Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
Rue de la Linière 11
1060 Brussels
Phone: +3226094455  Mobile: +49 177 6026904 Skype: ingo.ritz ingo.ritz@whiteband.org www.whiteband.org GCAP works to challenge the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequality across the world to defend and promote human rights, gender justice, social justice and security needed for survival and peace.

Mailing list Coalitions@whiteband.org https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/coalitions July 28 – AJM letter to Major Groups and Other Stakeholders ———————————————————————————————— The World Cup for what? For whom? Posted: 22 Jul 2014 Many wonder about the reasons for the large protests in Brazil in June 2013, especially for the criticism Beyond 2015 reaction to and recommendations on the OWG’s Zero Draft on SDGs Posted: 22 Jul 2014 Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign consisting of over 1000 CSOs in over 130 countries, presents its compliments to your Missions and is pleased to share its reaction to the “Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Zero Draft)” presented by the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development. ————————————————————————————————- Asia-Europe Peoples’ Forum Posted: 23 Jul 2014

On 16-17th October 2014 the 10th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM10) will take place in Milan hosted by The European Union. Heads of State and Government from across Asia and Europe will meet to discuss their future priorities and plans. Prior to ASEM10, the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) will hold its 10th biennial People’s Forum on [...]
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Posted: 21 Jul 2014
The EFTP thematic group held last July 8th to 9th 2014, a training seminar on advocacy and negotiation skills at Bérékia High School in Léo, in the Central West region. This activity is part of the capacity building of civil society organizations for the citizen monitoring of local, regional and national policies.
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Beijing+20 NGO Review Forum – Invitation to participat​e

 Take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The UNECE ahead of its Inter- Governmental Forum, mandated the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva to organize the NGO review Forum.  This forum is expected to bring together Civil societies and NGOs to contribute to the discussions and bring grass roots women’s voices on achievements made, remaining gaps and challenges on the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).  As well as on emerging issues that affect women. The outcome of this NGO forum will feed into the UNECE Social Forum in November.  This NGO Forum Beijing +20 review for the 56 countires in the ECE region is scheduled to take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
They are reaching out to all CSOs and NGOs working on any aspect of  Sustainable Development and the Environment in the region to participate in this forum. Your assistance in sharing this invitation widely within your network will be appreciated.  You may wish to visit the dedicated website to learn more about this forum or click on the links below for some of these documents.
Financial support is available for some selected countries from the ECE region. This support is provided by the Canton of Geneva (which overseas Geneva International Cooperation) as part of its policies in support of international solidarity.   Please feel free to contact us for more information on the registration and/or your participation.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is comprised of 56 countries (www.unece.org):
Albania,Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former YugoslavRepublic of Macedonia, Turkey,Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United – Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
Looking forward to your participation.
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Lorena Aguilar R.
Global Senior Gender Adviser
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
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————————————————————————————————- Call for Social Movements to mobilize for the upcoming World Social Forum – Tunisia 2015 Posted: 18 Jul 2014

During its last meeting held in Casablanca in December 2014, the International Council decided to organize the upcoming World Social Forum 2015 once again in Tunisia.

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NGOs and UNESCO: Global education targets should be included in future development agenda Global education targets should be included in the future international development agenda set for reform in 2015 say leading NGOs and institutions such as UNESCO, following the Conference “Citizens for Global Education, Education for Global Citizenship” held in Brussels on 24-25 June Peru: Productive diversification as a development alternative Posted: 17 Jul 2014 As a positive initiative of the Ministry of Production, productive diversification is expected to materialize in the coming months, said the representative of CONADES. Thus, regional, local governments and population will, in a coordinated fashion, make the most of the geographical richness and potential of the natural regions of Peru. ————————————————————————————————– Cambodia at the crossroads Posted: 11 Jul 2014 Since the July 2013 general election, the Cambodian ruling party has had a choice to make in the face of record voter disapproval: reform or repress. Improve accountability, responsiveness and inclusion in the benefits of economic development to win public support – or take steps to constrain dissent and cripple the opposition. It appears the ruling party is putting forward a package of laws,… REPAOC: Together we will forge the future of humanitarian action Posted: 11 Jul 2014 This was the theme of the regional consultation in preparation for the World Conference of Humanitarian Aid, to be held in 2016 in Istanbul (Turkey). This regional consultation took place June 19 and 20, 2014 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) with the participation of Dionisio Pereira (PLATONG), Rémy Komla AFOUTOU (FONGTO), Madi Jobarteh (TANGO) and Guy Aho TETE Benissan (REPAOC). Re-thinking poverty in light of climate change Posted: 09 Jul 2014

334 species of plants. 693 different kinds of animals, including 49 species of mammals, 59 reptiles and 315 water birds. 1,600 square miles of land and 725 square miles of water. Three wildlife sanctuaries. The Sundarbans, the world’s largest, contiguous mangrove forest located along the coast of India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal, is home to all of this. Just outside, 1.7 million people…

Brazil: Bill advancing a New Regulatory Framework for CSOs approved The House of Representatives approved on Wednesday (2) the Senate Bill 7168/14, establishing new standards for voluntary partnerships between the Union, the states, the Federal District and the municipalities with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) providing greater legal certainty for the parties involved. The matter will be sent for sanction of President Dilma Rousseff, who has expressed… ————————————————————————————————- Asia Pacific CSOs call for rights-based and people-centered sustainable development financing Rights-based and people-centered sustainable development financing was the primary message of civil society groups during the Asia Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Development Financing held last June 10-11 in Jakarta. ————————————————————————————————-

Asia-Pacif​ic Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism

Dear all, Seventy-five (75) representatives of civil society organizations in the Asia Pacific region gathered on 15-17 May in Bangkok, Thailand for the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development. The meeting preceded the UNESCAP intergovernmental Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) and focused on consolidating and expanding the collective civil society call for Development Justice as central part of the post-2015 development agenda. A major milestone of the CSO forum was the creation of a transition mechanism for a new Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (RCEM). The aim of the RCEM is to enable stronger cross constituency1 coordination and ensure that voices of all sub-regions2 of Asia Pacific are heard in intergovernmental processes. Thus, the RCEM will ensure that the 60% of the world’s people living in the Asia Pacific region are better represented by civil society and social movements in global negotiations and have a stronger, coordinated, and more effective voice in regional processes. The full communique from the CSO Forum is attached. Voorbeeld van bijlage Communique_APCSOFSD.17 June.pdf weergeven

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Bolivia: NGO-state relationship improved after emergency

Posted: 04 Jul 2014

Bolivia improved its relations with European non-governmental organizations (NGOs) after receiving cooperation to mitigate the emergency situation caused by the Amazon floods ensuing from heavy rains this year.

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Diploma “Strengthening CSOs for the promotion of Citizen Participation in Social Development”

The aim is to equip CSOs with theoretical-methodological and instrumental elements that allow them to increase their participation in social development and to enhance the effectiveness of their work at the community level. This in order to maximize the impact of organized civil society on social development Civil Military Forum 2014 The Council for International Development is holding a civil-military forum again in 2014. The forum will be held on the 26th June in Wellington on the topic “Humanitarian Aid in conflict” – NDRF Guiding principles for civil-military interaction. The forum will involve a range of panels and workshops which will analyse the roles and responsibilities [...]

Will the Democratic Republic of Congo be ready for the 2015 rendezvous?

Reading the SGPR 2 -the Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction-Generation 2- the document indicates that a National Plan for the MDGs has been achieved since December 2008.

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machines that we are now” Eduardo Toche is a researcher at the Center for the Study and Promotion of Development (Desco) of Peru, and one of the guest speakers at the seminar “More and better democracy: relations of civil society with the state in a new political cycle”, organized by the Chilean Association of NGOs (ACCION) on April 21st in Santiago. The Post 2015 development framework requires what the MDGs lacked: Participation and citizen oversight In a somewhat low profile world summit held in September 2000 at the UN headquarters in New York, 189 member countries signed the UN Millennium Declaration which would subsequently result in what is known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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CIVICUS: “Global wave of protests driven by national and international governance failures” Mass public protests that have grabbed headlines around the world during the last few years reflect a failure of governance at the national and international level, says a new report by the global civil society alliance, CIVICUS. “In many countries around the world people see formal democratic processes and party politics as failing to address the issues they care about. [...] The contributions of peasant family farming to the national economy Posted: 20 Jun 2014 2014 was declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. This initiative constitutes a clear reflection of the importance of Peasant Family Farming for the world and a unique opportunity to position and achieve favorable institutional, financial and legal changes that promote an enabling environment for this forgotten yet crucial economic [...] Civil Society Forum – Southern African Development Community Posted: 20 Jun 2014 The Regional Apex Alliance partners consisting of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA); Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council (SATUCC) and SADC Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) wish to announce to all stakeholders that their flagship annual event the Civil Society Forum will be held in HARARE, ZIMBABWE in July (27th-31st) 2014

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  Intenational Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) Council The Intenational Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) Council will meet in London on may 20 and 21, for what will be its first meeting of the year 2014, with the objective of debate on its stratetegic guidelines and its plan of action for the futur, in preparation of the next General Assembly that will [...]   Ong Ngo (IFP) – EN CONCORD members and Civil Society in Ukraine Posted: 10 June 2014 Is there a role for CONCORD members to support civil society in Ukraine? Dilma declares support to regulatory framework for CSOs Posted: 10 June 2014 President Dilma Rousseff declared her support for the adoption of the Draft Law 7168/2014 and the entire agenda of the Regulatory Framework for Civil Society Organizations (MROSC). http://www.ong-ngo.org/en http://www.ong-ngo.org/en/francais-les-membres-de-concord-et-la-societe-civile-en-ukraine/

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Updated letter to co-chairs and who kicked us out ? UK and US amongst those who did !!!
Dear Colleagues,
SANGOCO which is South African umbrella body of all NGOs/CBOs and mouthpiece of civil society is indeed pleased to be part of this global initiative and happy to join this CSO family.
Updated letter to co-chairs and who kicked us out ? UK and US amongst those who did !!!
Please not that Save the Earth Cambodia support your efforts. We will be vary happy to join you.

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Akhteruzzaman Sano Chief Technical Advisor Save the Earth Cambodia Working for Building Community Resilience
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Dear all,
Sharing with you an update re: CSO participation at the Open Working Group 12th session. It seems that several countries (UK, US, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil) have spoken against having civil society in the informals.
The Women Major Group will be sending this statement (signed by other organizations too) to the co-chairs tomorrow. You may also wish to sign on your organization if you support this call.
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Open Letter to co-chairs and all the member states of the OWG on SDGs

16 June 2014

Excellencies, Representatives of major groups and stakeholders of civil society registered to participate in the 12th session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), write this letter to you, following the decision to close the session to civil society. Over 330 civil society organisations have gathered in New York to participate in the OWG, on request of UN DESA with many coming from abroad, at considerable cost, time and resources. None of the civil society organisations had been informed previously that they would not be able to attend the OWG meeting this week. Since civil society worldwide are being excluded as they can no longer follow the webcast, at least their representatives who came all the way to the US should be allowed to participate and inform their constituencies. We echo calls by Sweden, Vietnam (on behalf of their troika with Thailand and Bhutan), Ireland and Germany who specifically called to maintain an inclusive and open spirit of the OWG that benefits from civil society’s participation. As we call for a transformative, participatory and inclusive development framework we have to embody those principles in the process of formulating this agenda. This is in line with Article 248 of the Rio+20 Outcome Document which calls for “…an intergovernmental process on SD, that is open to all stakeholders…”. This exclusion of Major Groups and other Stakeholders contradicts the co-chair’s calls for civil society to meaningfully respond and provide concrete ideas for the draft goals and targets. Civil society is no longer able to provide their expertise, as they lack the information on where the discussions stand. We call into mind the compromise that co-chairs had made, to have ‘informal informals’ in the week preceding the open working group meeting. We therefore object that the informals were resumed during the formal session, and that civil society was subsequently excluded, without a clear reason to do so. Up to this point our engagement has been very constructive and much appreciated, and we regret that the doors are being closed. This contradicts meaningful civil society participation. Even if the format of the informals is maintained, we call to mind the precedent established by the Rio+20 conference, where the informals were open for observers from Major Groups and Stakeholders. We therefore ask the co-chairs to either revert to the formal session or follow the precedent established at Rio+20 and open informals to observers. We also call for access to the latest hard copies of the documents. We are happy to meet with you to discuss this further, Sincerely, The Organising Partners of the Major Groups and Stakeholders ·      Women Major Group ·      NGO Major Group ·      Trade Union Major Group ·      Major Group Children and Youth ·      Indigenous Peoples Major Group ·      Beyond 2015 campaign ·      International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations ·      The International Movement of Catholic Students – Pax Romana ·      Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future ·      Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (India) ·      Natural Resources Defense Council

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————————————————————————————————-   Cape Verde’s NGO Platform initiates project on Civil Society participation in electoral processes Posted: 10 June 2014 Cape Verde’s NGO Platform recently began implementing a project for “enabling and empowering Cape Verde civil society organizations to participate in electoral processes.” The project, which will be executed during 18 months, is being funded by the United Nations Fund for Democracy, UNDEF, through the Seventh Round of Funding opened in 2012 for non-governmental organizations. [...] BRICS Civil Society: Unite or face the consequences Posted: 09 Jun 2014 El Seminario titulado “Promoción de la Equidad y la Justicia Socio-ambiental en los países BRICS”, que tuvo lugar el pasado 28, 29 y 30 de mayo en Río de Janeiro, Brasil, organizado por dos redes brasileñas de la sociedad civil, REBRIP – Red Brasileña de integración de las personas y ABONG – Asociación Brasileña de ONG, fue una gran oportunidad para aprender y compartir experiencias que cruzan… ————————————————————————————————

NGO/DPI Executive Committee: Comprehens​ive By-Law Review

 

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13 June 2014

TO: ALL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DPI FROM: Frances Zainoeddin and the Executive Committee By-Laws Subcommittee Re: By-Laws – Comprehensive Review   Dear Friends and Colleagues, As you know, the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, like every nonprofit, operates under a set of Bylaws which govern its activities at the highest level.  From time to time, it is appropriate to review those Bylaws, as well as the accompanying policies & procedures that deal with more day to day details of the Executive Committee’s functions. The NGO/DPI Executive Committee has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Bylaws and will be asking the membership at large to approve the revised bylaws at the Annual Meeting on 26 June 2014.  A copy of the revised Bylaws is attached for your review prior to that meeting. The Policies and Procedures, which represent guidelines that expand on the Bylaws for the daily functioning of the Executive Committee and its subcommittees, are still being finalized and we hope that they will soon be ready for approval by the Executive Committee. Together, the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures will enhance the proper functioning of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, facilitating a more effective representation of all NGOs associated with DPI.  Both documents, once approved, will be placed on our website:  ngodipexecom.org. The NGO/DPI Executive Committee remains committed to serving you better.

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 PREAMBLE 1. The NGO/DPI Executive Committee (hereinafter referred to as the “Executive Committee”) is elected by members ofnon-governmental organizations (NGOs) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (“DPI”), from among the membership. The mandate of the Executive Committee emanates from Article 71 of the Charter of the United Nations, United Nations General Assembly resolution 13(1), Annex 1 of 13 February 1946, and ECOSOC resolutions 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968, 1297 (XLIV) of 27 May 1968 and 1996/31 of 25 July 1996. 2. The Bylaws, along with the Policies and Procedures of the Executive Committee represent the process by which the Executive Committee carries out its obligations to NGOs throughout the world that are associated with DPI. ARTICLE I: GOALS AND PURPOSES 1. The Executive Committee shall reflect the diverse issues and international composition of NGOs associated with DPI. 2. The Executive Committee’s goals and purposes are to (a)   represent the concerns and interests of NGOs associated with DPI in their efforts to further the goals of the United Nations; and (b)    serve as an advisory board to, and to liaise with, DPI on activities of mutual interest. ARTICLE II: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 1. The Executive Committee shall: (a)   provide leadership and strategic direction for the NGOs associated with DPI; (b)   seek input from NGOs associated with DPI throughout the world on their priority issues, needs and concerns; (c)    help NGOs become more knowledgeable about, and make effective use of, information provided through the United Nations on the purposes, policies, actions and programmes of the United Nations; (d)   hold regular meetings, including an Annual Meeting, to coordinate its work and formulate its future activities; (e)   in close cooperation with the DPI, develop and follow-up on initiatives of mutual concern that further the goals of the United Nations, including the United Nations DPI/NGO Conference; (f)     communicate with NGOs associated with DPI through its website, its NGO Reporter and other means; (g)   oversee the work of the Subcommittees; and (h)   manage the financial affairs of the Executive Committee. 2. The Executive Committee shall comprise : (a)   eighteen (18) voting members, who include five (5) officers – a Chair, a First and Second Vice-Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer – and thirteen (13) other elected members who shall be called Directors. (b)   Non-voting members: (i)     Regional NGO Coordinators, appointed for a period of 4 years by the Executive Committee from among regional organizations associated with DPI; (ii) advisors who are former Chairs of the Executive Committee; (iii) a representative of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA); and (iv) a representative of the United Nations Association of the USA. (c)   Non-voting participants: (i)     a representative of DPI; and (ii)  a representative of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). 3. The Officers shall comprise a Chair who shall provide overall direction for the work of the Executive Committee; two Vice-Chairswho shall act as deputies of the Chair; a Secretary who shall be responsible for the organization and recording of meetings of the Executive Committee; and a Treasurer who shall oversee the financial operations of the Executive Committee. The Officers of the Executive Committee shall ensure the effective implementation of its responsibilities and activities, including the conduct of and reporting on meetings and issues concerning its mandate and the management of its finances. ARTICLE III: NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS 1. A candidate for the Executive Committee shall be an individual affiliated with NGOs associated with DPI in good standing and must be nominated by his/her organization or by a representative from another NGO associated with DPI in good standing. If nominated by another organization, the candidate must obtain the endorsement of his/her organization. Elected individuals act in their personal capacity. 2. Election of members of the Executive Committee shall be by ballot. 3. Results of the election shall be announced at the Annual Meeting. ARTICLE IV: TERMS OF OFFICE 1. Members elected to the Executive Committee shall serve a term of two (2) years beginning 1 July and may be eligible for re-election for an additional term of two (2) years. 2. After completion of two (2) terms (4 years) of service on the Executive Committee, a lapse of at least one (1) year is required before that person can be re-nominated for election to the Executive Committee, except as provided in Article IV.3. 3. A Director, if elected as an Officer,or an Officer if elected to a different Officer position, may serve additionally for two (2) full terms of two (2) years each for each different position to which he/she is elected, provided that in no circumstance shall any member serve more than a total of twelve (12) consecutive years, within which only four years can be served in any one position. For purposes of this paragraph, the First and Second Vice-Chair positions are deemed to be the same officer position. 4. The terms of office of the Chair and Secretary of the Executive Committee shall expire in odd-numbered years and the terms of office of the First and Second Vice-Chairs and the Treasurer shall expire in even-number years. The Chair shall be eligible to serve no more than two (2) full terms of two (2) years each term. 5. The incoming Chair shall assume all designated duties except those performed by the outgoing Chair as a member of the Conference Planning Committee. The outgoing Chair shall remain on the Conference Planning Committee until the end of the Conference and shall report fully to the incoming Chair on experience gained in the preparation of the Conference. ARTICLE V: MEETINGS 1. The Chair of the Executive Committee shall convene the following meetings: (a)   Regular meetings of the Executive Committee: approximately once a month from September through June. (b)   Officers’ meetings: approximately once a month from July to June in order to address matters that arise between the regularly scheduled meetings of the Executive Committee; (c)   Special meetings of the Executive Committee:when appropriate,at any time; (d)   Annual Meeting: held in June of each year. (e)   Retreat, after the Annual Meeting and before the first regular meeting of the Executive Committee. 2. A quorum of ten (10) voting members of the Executive Committee present is required to conduct a regular meeting and an Annual Meeting. 3. Each of the voting membersof the Executive Committee has one vote, with the exception of the Chair, who may only vote to break a tie vote. Adoption of a motion will be by a majority vote of those present and voting. Proxy voting is not permitted. ARTICLE VI: STANDING AND AD HOC SUBCOMMITTEES The Executive Committee shall establish standing subcommittees to facilitate its work on specific subjects. It may also establish ad hoc subcommittees as it deems necessary. ARTICLE VII: UNITED NATIONS DPI/NGO CONFERENCE 1. The Executive Committee collaborates with DPI in the organization of the United Nations DPI/NGO Conference, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York or at other locations. 2. The Planning Committee of the Conference, convened jointly by the Executive Committee and DPI shall be responsible for organizing and conducting the Conference. ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS These Bylaws may be amended by the Annual Meeting by a vote of two thirds of DPI-associated NGOs present and voting, or who have cast ballots in accordance with other voting provisions and provided that notice has been sent to all DPI-associated NGOs, accompanied by a copy of the proposed amendments, not less than 30 days in advance of the Annual Meeting.   ———————————————————————————————–   EU to push for private sector in development aid – NGO urge safeguards

Brazil: Research portrays cooperation of NGOs in public policy National Civil Society Conference, AGM Held Posted: 29 May 2014 National Civil Society Conference was held in Kathmandu on 11 May 2014. NGO Federation of Nepal organised the conference to deliberate on two important agendas- opportunities and challenges of aid governance in the context of development effectiveness and improvement of national legal framework to regulate NGO sector Brazil: Research portrays cooperation of NGOs in public policy Posted: 29 May 2014 Results indicate that managers attribute to civil organizations the functions and powers that the bureaucracy will not be able to replace in the short and medium term ———————————————————————————————— EU Elections: what it means for Europe’s role in the world Posted: 28 May 2014 The results of the European Parliament elections held between 22-25 May have been marked by a rise in Eurosceptic and extremist parties, despite centrist groups coming out on top overall. The vote comes as inequality and poverty have been on the rise within Europe since the onset of the financial crisis. European FTT: towards a minimum tax? Posted: 28 May 2014 The finance ministers of the EU should have laid the foundations of the future tax on financial transactions at their meeting in Brussels on May 6, 2014 ———————————————————————————————— Intenational Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) Council Posted: 16 May 2014 The Intenational Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) Council will meet in London on may 20 and 21, for what will be its first meeting of the year 2014, with the objective of debate on its stratetegic guidelines and its plan of action for the futur, in preparation of the next General Assembly that will [...] ———————————————————————————————— Ong Ngo (IFP) – EN Fiji NGO women leaders discuss about gender injustice, NCDs and political upheaval Posted: 14 May 2014 NGO Women leaders attended a two day forum in Suva on 22-23 April, to discuss the role of women in relation to ‘Rethinking Development, Reshaping the Pacific We Want – Beyond 2015′. The discussions centred on how to progress the re-thinking agenda and influence the Post 2015 development goals after the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 European Parliamentary Elections 2014 Posted: 14 May 2014 On 24 and 25 May 2014, European citizens will elect their representatives to the European Parliament for 2014-2019. It is a turning point for European development and humanitarian aid policy, in the context of crises and with several ongoing negotiation processes on global issues. Coordination SUD and its members have chosen to mobilize to raise their issues higher in the political agenda of.. ————————————————————————————————-   Ong Ngo (IFP) – EN Advocacy toolkit on the Post-2015 development agenda

Share a new advocacy toolkit on the Post-2015 development agenda that the IFP created jointly with CIVICUS and Stakeholder Forum. This toolkit is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the Post-2015 development agenda, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The toolkit aims to equip you…

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Advocacy Toolkit: Influencin​g the post-2015 developmen​t agenda This toolkit  ****   is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to equip you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy. You can either follow its step-by-step approach or simply consult the tips, tools and case studies most relevant to your existing activities. Toolkit (1) Post2015AdvocacyToolkit   The advocacy toolkit is divided into two parts: Part 1: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Is It and How Can You Engage? Provides a full background on the post-2015 processes and identifies key entry points for engagement and influence.   Part 2: Developing a Post-2015 Advocacy Strategy Guides you through the necessary steps for developing your own post-2015 advocacy strategy, building on the information and opportunities identified in Part 1. Toolkit (2) Post2015ToolkitEngagingwiththemedia A companion to the toolkit, ‘Engaging with the Media‘ provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy.   The media guide provides advice and guidance on how to target your messages for broadcast, press and social media; identify and build relationships with journalists; conduct interviews and hold press conferences, in order to deliver your post-2015 advocacy messages to a wider audience. Both guides provide ready-made tools, templates, case studies and top tips for each stage of your post-2015 advocacy work. They support activities at the national, regional and international levels and cater for all levels of experience in the post-2015 development agenda and in advocacy and media work. Whether you follow each tool and step in turn as a newcomer to the agenda, or only consult those new or relevant to you in order to support a more established programme, we hope they will prove useful to all. An interactive, online version of the advocacy toolkit will be made available by June, along with translations of all content into French, Spanish and Portuguese. New audiovisual content, updates and analysis will also be provided online, so keep checking www.SD2015.org for more details. Download the Advocacy Toolkit here. Download ‘Engaging with the Media’ here. Further information: Contact: 2015info@stakeholderforum.org / post2015@civicus.org The SD2015 Programme This report is an output of the Sustainable Development 2015 (SD2015) programme, a multi-stakeholder engagement programme run by Stakeholder Forum and CIVICUS, in collaboration with UNDESA. See www.SD2015.org for more information and resources.   ———————————————————————————————————

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